The CIPD in Northern Ireland works closely with our network of members, volunteers and stakeholders to develop the profession and build our policy relevance and reach.  Our mission is to establish the voice of CIPD in Northern Ireland supported by our regional branch committee.

With more than 3,000 CIPD members across Northern Ireland, we sit at the heart of a proud, growing community of practitioners, members, partners, policymakers and thought leaders in the world of work. Through our collaborative efforts we’ll take big steps towards championing better work and working lives. 

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I wish you a warm welcome to the Northern Ireland page.
We are soon to commence the programme for 2017-18 with excellent events/activities coming up. We are providing a varied programme this year with more dialogue, networking and interactive event formats. We will also share the latest CIPD research at such events. Updates will be available via emails, LinkedIn and our e-newsletters.
We look forward to seeing you at our events/ activities and welcome your feedback on how we as a Branch can continue to support you and your organisation.
Lynn Carson
Branch Chair

Chair - Lynn Carson

Vice Chair - Nicola Barber

Vice Chair - Beth McMaw

Secretary - Cathy Doherty

Treasurer - Darren Patterson

Events Lead - Lydia Gourley

Policy & Strategy Lead - Sarah Uprichard

CPD & Membership Lead - Jeanette Harrison

Communications Lead - Julie Brown

Council Representative - Peter Aiken

Northern Ireland faces significant workplace and labour market challenges. None of these challenges will be met unless the HR and people and development profession is at the centre of driving the required changes to help shift skills and transform the workplace.  Our focus is to: 
  • Identify the big issues around people and development which need to be addressed, and enthuse and engage members and policy makers in how we can tackle them.
  • Put CIPD’s vision of ‘championing better work and working lives’ at the heart of the HR, business and policy conversation.
Whatever the political and constitutional issues it will be the workplace and the labour market in which solutions will be found, including: 
  • Analysing, understanding and addressing the big challenges regarding the future of work in Northern Ireland; such as technology, automation and innovation. 
  • Working with government and other organisations to improve the workplace by building wellbeing, engagement and resilience in the Northern Ireland workforce through good HR practice in everything from diversity to reward, and learning so that we can adapt to whatever future we face.
  • Building Northern Ireland’s workforce by focusing on skills and training through a lifelong learning approach. 
  • Building our profession for the future in Northern Ireland, and focusing on the skills and capabilities which HR and learning professionals can uniquely contribute will help us to embed the changes we need to see and equip Northern Ireland for the future.

The CIPD team in Northern Ireland is ideally placed to support organisations through their people management challenges and to build HR capability within organisations of all sizes; combining CIPD expertise and insights with your own to co-create your HR capability strategy and a team fit for the future.

Whether it’s working with HR practitioners, leaders or operational/line managers, our employer solutions focus on the fundamentals of strong people management and how it contributes significantly to organisational success.

We are proud to work with employers across the public, private and third sector to build and support their development strategy for HR and L&D professionals across Northern Ireland. To discuss engagement and partnership opportunities please contact the CIPD Scotland and Northern Ireland team.

Many of our events and networks offer significant profile raising opportunities for organisations and key CIPD partners. There are lots of different ways a company can sponsor CIPD activity across Northern Ireland, and show their support, including:

  • Sponsoring a conference, event or Northern Ireland wide network
  • Exhibiting at a conference or event
  • Providing a venue
  • Advertising on our website or e-newsletters
  • Providing great content and speaker contribution

We are always pleased to receive sponsorship to expand our range of activities. If you are interested in discussing these opportunities further then please email

Contact us

Contact the team with your enquiries about local events or feedback on the future shape of branches